Diagnosing and Treating Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma affects millions of people every year. When the squamous cells on the upper layers of your skin change or mutate, it causes squamous cell skin cancer. The cause of this cancer is due to excessive exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Five percent of cases metastasize to other parts of the body. At Tru-Skin Dermatology our experts are equipped with the latest technologies for squamous cell carcinoma treatments. We perform epiluminescant microscopy with a dermatoscope for the earliest detection, Mohs Surgery for the highest cure rate, and SRT 100 for the highest non-surgical cure rate. We encourage you to get regular skin exams to help early detection and treatment. Even if you’re visiting us for another cosmetic treatment, we’ll discuss symptoms and observe any suspicious skin features. Contact us today!
Symptoms and Signs of Skin Cancer
Squamous cell carcinoma looks like many other skin cancers and skin conditions. The most common early signs include red, rough, scaly patches of skin. If a sore is persistently open, it can warn of basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas. A high percentage of these signs are actinic keratosis (AK), which are pre-cancerous growths that can progress into squamous cell carcinomas. A licensed dermatologist will help you determine if a spot, mole, or wart needs testing. We’ll perform a biopsy for a skin sample to detect any cancerous cells. Tru-Skin dermatology can provide several options to treat the cancer quickly and to prevent it from spreading effectively.
Offering Multiple Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatments
The treatment for squamous cell carcinoma varies based on medical history, the size and location of the cancer, and your skin’s condition. Tru-Skin Dermatology offers FDA-approved, non-surgical laser treatments and radiation therapies.
- SRT-100 – We are a certified Center of Excellence for non-surgical Superficial Radiation Therapy using SRT-100 Vision, using an advanced imagery tool that allows precise radiation targeting for the highest non-surgical cure rate for non-melanoma skin cancers.
- Mohs micrographic Surgery – is a precise surgical technique that conserves the most amount of surrounding healthy tissue while treating skin cancer. Thin layers of cancer-containing skin are gradually removed and examined on-site until only cancer-free tissue remains. This achieves the highest surgical cure rate for skin cancer.
- Excisional Surgery – the entire cancer tumor and a margin of surrounding healthy skin is removed and sent off to the lab for testing. The margin depends on the tumor thickness and location. If the lab finds cancer cells beyond the edge of the removed tissue, more surgery may be needed.
- Electrodesiccation and Curettage – the skin cancer tumor is scraped off then electricity is used to destroy cancer cells and cauterize the area several times during the same session. This procedure has cure rates close to 95 percent.
The Shade Project Initiative
We care about the health and wellness of our patients. We offer free skin cancer screenings throughout the year at our different locations. We’re honored to donate a portion of our services each time you visit to The Shade Project. This non-profit skin cancer prevention initiative was started by Dr. Ladd and his wife. We believe in offering the highest technology services for the best possible cure rates. We’re here to help Austin, TX and the surrounding areas with their skin issues.
Contact Tru-Skin Dermatology Today
If you have any suspicious spots or need a regular skin check, contact Tru-Skin Dermatology today. We’ll work quickly and efficiently to diagnose skin issues. Our offices in Austin, Bastrop, Bee Cave, Bulverde/Spring Branch, Cedar Park, Hallettsville, La Grange, and Round Rock, Texas are here to serve you, so contact us today for an appointment.
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